Question

I must replace my home's well-worn shutters. What materials will last longer and be lower maintenance than typical wood?

Asked by Emily Berlinghof
Winnetka, IL

Midwestern climate. Two-story home, main exposure is north and south.

Answer

Rick Goyette

Answered by Rick Goyette

Pawtucket, RI

Emerald Dream Builders

July 8, 2011

Over the past few years, durability has become a major tenet of green construction.

The injection of durable materials into the marketplace has changed builders' material selections, architectural specifications, and construction procedures.

As such, there are a myriad of new products available to replace your shutters.

How are your shutters used?

I would start by analyzing the specific use of your shutters.

  • Are they operational shutters that cover your home’s windows during a storm?
  • Or are they fixed and decorative architectural features?

Operational shutters

If they are in fact operational, and you find them to be a necessity during a storm, I would recommend you seek out a local contractor that specializes in shutter fabrication and customization.

This will ensure that your windows are protected properly during a storm (the durability principle should apply to your entire home, not just the shutters).

Decorative shutters

However, if you find your shutters to be purely decorative and not functional, I would recommend a composite or PVC shutter from a major manufacturer that will stand by its warranty.

With these new products, you will have a choice to buy the shutters to match a color or paint them yourself. You will find with either choice that the product will hold paint and stay brighter longer than many wood selections.

For a specific manufacturer suggestion I recommend PlyGem Mastic products.

Good luck on your project!

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